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Legal information system, authentic publication and the process of law making. Principles. Automation of law making: E-Recht Publication: Legal information system (RIS) Authentic publication: Function of RIS. Automation of making federal laws. Electronic editing of documents

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Principles process of law making

  • Automation of law making: E-Recht

  • Publication: Legal information system (RIS)

  • Authentic publication: Function of RIS

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Automation of making federal laws process of law making

  • Electronic editing of documents

  • Electronic workflow system between all stakeholders

  • Output for authentic publication in the Internet

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Electronic editing of documents process of law making

  • Goal: look and feel of a "Bundesgesetzblatt"

  • Generation of documents with WinWord

    • Templates

    • Style sheets

  • Macros for automatic layout

  • Conversion to XML for transport

  • Editing of documents with WinWord(conversion back from XML and to XML again)

  • Technical filter for conformance with XML syntax

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Output to RIS process of law making

Ministry generateslegislative text



Public examination of drafts


BKA gets





Parliament gets bill of the government & puts decision

Transfer to thecouncil of ministers


BKA generatesand publishesbill of the government

Legislative workflow

electroniclaw making

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eJustice process of law making

D7.2 Example: Workflow "Bundesgesetz"

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What is RIS? process of law making

  • Data base for legal texts of Austria

  • Means for the promulgation of federal law ("Bundesgesetzblätter")

  • Operated by BKA

  • Free of charge


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Which legal texts? process of law making

  • European law

  • Current/old versions of federal law

  • Selected laws in English

  • Legal drafts

  • Decisions of high courts

  • Tribunals and Commissions (e.g. Independent Senate for Asylum)

  • Instructions of the ministries

  • Current/old versions of the law of the 9 Austrian provinces

  • Law of some communities

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Input to RIS process of law making

  • XML from E-Recht

  • In RIS documents are signed

    • MOA (Modules for Online-Applications)

    • MOA-SS: Signs documents

    • MOA-SP: Verifies the signature

  • From some other 30 sources (Europe, provinces, communities)

  • Challenge: some 30 applications

  • Challenge: XML?

  • Upload with HTTP, FTP or by storage media

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Output from RIS process of law making

  • Web interface

  • Internet to the public, Intranet to civil servants

  • Output formats for most documents

    • HTML

    • XML

    • DOC

    • RTF

    • PDF

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RIS statistics 2005 process of law making

  • Internet73.000.000 hits / year6.000.000 hits /month

  • Intranet31.700.000 hits / year2.640.000 hits /month

  • Total104.700.000 hits / year8.640.000 hits /month